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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / NGD- Martin D-18VS

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Nov 8th, 2016 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had this one for a week or so now, haven't hardly put it down.

It's a 2003 Martin D-18VS. A 12-fretter with a 1 3/4" nut and a chunky neck. In excellent condition, and I got a great deal on it. The "VS" stands for Vintage Series, as these are modeled after the guitars that Martin built in the '30s and '40s.

This is a very versatile guitar. I can flatpick it, strum it hard or easy, and it fingerpicks like a dream. Terrific tone, very resonant.

Just got a hole drilled today for a K&K Pure, will complete the installation myself.

Can't beat a mahogany Martin!


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Nov 8th, 2016 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

She's a Beaut!!!

I like chunky necks.

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Enjoy Every Popsicle
Nov 8th, 2016 10:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just love the look of the slotted headstock. Just oozes class.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Nov 9th, 2016 03:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, it's cool in a very understated and traditional way. No bling.

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Nov 9th, 2016 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Although I don't much care for slotheads, I otherwise like it very much. Martin Vintage Series are generally excellent acoustics assuming that you're comfortable with the necks (I am).

Scalloped braced 12 fretters are known for being able to produce huge sounds but are also usually great for finger style playing. Enjoy it in good health.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Nov 10th, 2016 04:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Viera.

Ever notice that the right guitar makes you a better player? I was playing this Martin last night and everything I played sounded good, even a couple of things that I used to struggle with.

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 10th, 2016 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is a beauty. I too love the look of a slothead. Earlier this year a found a Taylor 14 fret slothead and fell in love. There is something "woodier" about the sound of these guitars, a smoother tone without a loss of range.

Congrats on the Martin, gorgeous!

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